Weekly Reading – 6/3/16 (Late Edition)

Since I am taking a sabbatical from posting original content on Opus Publicum, I thought I would bring back the “Weekly Reading” segments with some (light) commentary. I will be doing more re-posts from my previous web-logs shortly.

  • Adam DeVille, “Vatican II and Eastern Orthodoxy’s Approaching Council,” Catholic World Report – When you want frank, learned, and balanced commentary on Catholic/Orthodox relations, there’s no better source than Adam DeVille. In this excellent article DeVille clears up some misconceptions concerning the upcoming “Great and Holy Council” by relating its structure and agenda to the Second Vatican Council. DeVille also offers some sobering thoughts on what we should expect to see (or not see) from this conciliar event and what it might mean for the future of the Orthodox Church.
  • Elliot Milco, “Thoughts on the Regularization of the SSPX,” The Paraphasic – Elliot Milco, an editor at First Things, delivers his thoughts on the potential regularization of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) — a hot topic in traditional Catholic circles. Milco’s commentary is mostly spot on, particularly with respect to the injustices done to the Society and its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Whether the SSPX will be regularized or not remains to be seen, but it is heartening to see more and more Catholic voices from outside traditionalist circles calling attention to the actual history of the Society and the struggle to maintain Catholic orthodoxy after Vatican II.
  • Declaration Concerning the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia,” Society of St. Pius X – A lot has been written about Pope Francis’s troubling exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and very little of it has been levelheaded (from all sides). If you haven’t already, I implore you to read the SSPX’s official statement. Bishop Bernard Fellay perhaps says it all in one line: “This is an apostolic exhortation entitled The Joy of Love, but it makes us weep.”